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DeSantis Set To Launch 2024 Presidential Campaign This Evening


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will formally announce his presidential campaign this evening at 18:00 ET 23:00 BST on a Twitter Spaces event with Tesla billionaire and Twitter owner, Elon Musk.

  • Axios: “It's a surprise twist on a campaign launch that's been expected for months, tying DeSantis to an eccentric billionaire who has more than 140 million followers on the platform he owns.”
  • Betting markets continue to see former President Donald Trump as favourite to take the Republican presidential nomination. According to Smarkets, Trump has a 66.7% implied probability of taking the Republican nomination compared to DeSantis at 27.4% with DeSantis receiving a small 2% bump on the Twitter launch news.
  • According to the FiveThirtyEight polling average, Trump (53.5%) DeSantis (20.8%) has a clear and widening advantage.
  • Politico asks, “Is it too late for DeSantis to turn it around? Of course not. Today’s official announcement frees him to pivot away from shadow-boxing with Trump into making a full-throated case that he is what many Republicans once thought he was: the GOP’s best chance to actually return MAGA values to the White House.”

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